Protect your vehicle

If you don’t lock it, be prepared to lose it.

Prevent vehicle theft

The best way to protect your vehicle from being stolen is to lock it.

  • Always lock your vehicle. Never leave a running car unlocked to warm up as some thieves specifically look for this opportunity on cold mornings.
  • Protect extra vehicle keys. Ensure you remove the valet key that some models of cars leave in the owner’s manual.
  • Electronic engine immobilizers offer the highest level of protection against auto theft. All new model vehicles in Canada come equipped with them.
  • Vehicle alarms and steering wheel locks provide extra deterrents for thieves.
  • Park in well-lit areas near pedestrian traffic or inside a secure garage.

Prevent theft from vehicles

Theft from vehicles accounts for a high percentage of property crime in Red Deer. Ensure your vehicle is not a target by:

  • Removing valuables including smartphones, GPS and keys. Put anything in the trunk that could tempt a thief, even loose change or empty shopping bags.
  • Removing garage door openers from vehicles. Thieves will use them to gain access to the contents of your garage or your home.
  • Ensuring windows (including the sunroof) are completely closed and doors are locked.
  • Keeping registration and insurance papers locked in the glove box.

If your vehicle has been stolen or broken into, call Red Deer RCMP non-emergency to report it at 403-343-5575. If you witness a theft in progress, stay back and call 9-1-1.